Unlocking Innovation: RailDecarb21

Unlocking Innovation: RailDecarb21

The Technology and Innovation Centre
University of Strathclyde
99 George Street,
Glasgow, G1 1RD

13 October 2021, 09:30-16:30


Tying in with the COP26 Conference also to be held in Glasgow this autumn, this event will focus on the key theme of Decarbonisation, touching on the related topics of resilience, conservation, recycling, ecological issues, the circular economy and sustainability throughout the rail infrastructure and rolling stock spheres.

There will be presentation sessions from industry thought leaders, focusing on the key topics, challenges and opportunities in the rail decarbonisation story, across both embedded and operational carbon.

There will be parallel breakout sessions on the hot topics of traction decarbonisation: Hydrogen, Battery and Low-cost electrification.

The agenda is currently being finalised and will be released shortly, but rest assured there will be ample opportunity for the networking and live Q+A that Unlocking Innovation has built it's success on pre-COVID - We're looking forward to seeing everyone in person again too!


8:30     Venue open for exhibitors to arrive

9:30     Arrivals and Coffee/Snacks

10:00   Keynote Speeches 

 Jo Lewington, Chief Environment & Sustainability Officer, Network Rail
Jon Constable, Managing Director, Atmosphere Management Systems, TP Group

10:30   Elevator Pitches: Low carbon technologies and services

Dan Cutting, Business Development Manager - DER Industrialisation Centre Scotland at University of Strathclyde
Natalie Cartwright, R&D Market Research, GBR-Rail Ltd / Tim Brown, Managing Director, GBR-Rail Ltd
Rupert Stevens, Power Assemblies Group Manager, Dynex Semiconductor

10:45   Coffee Break and Networking

11:15   Operational Carbon: Reduction and Elimination
Lara Young, Group Climate Change Director, Costain
Wendi Wheeler, Sustainability Strategy Manager, Scotland's Railway, Network Rail
Mike Nugent, Head of EV, Hitachi Social Innovation

12:15   Elevator Pitches: Low carbon technologies and services

Gary Sanford, Rail Manager, Scotland, Scott Parnell
Dr Will Midgley, Lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering, Loughborough University

Plus others

12:30   Networking Lunch

13:30   Decarbonising Traction: Industry briefing sessions, sponsored by Arcadis
             Low-cost and Novel Electrification Technologies
Richard Fluin – Technical Director Railway Systems, Arcadis
Dr Pedro Antunes, Principal Research Fellow, IRR Huddersfield
Noel Dolphin, Head of UK Projects at Furrer+Frey AG
Denzel Collins, Environmental Specialist, Network Rail

             Hydrogen Technologies
CHAIR - Jon Constable, Managing Director, Atmosphere Management Systems, TP Group

Richard Kemp-Harper, Strategy Director, Arcola Energy
Kevin Fothergill, CEO, EnAcumen
Luke Johnson, Managing Director, H2Green
             Battery Technologies

CHAIR - Dr Will Midgley, Lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering, Loughborough University
Dave Horton, Chief Mechanical Engineer, VivaRail
Jonathan Brown, Global Decarbonisation and Sustainability Lead, Ricardo plc

14:45   Coffee Break and Networking

15:15   Embedded Carbon: Reduction and Elimination

Jamie Pitcairn - Technical Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy, Ricardo energy & Environment
Victoria Cate Eggleston, Bridge Engineer, Arcadis

Dr Saran Sohi, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Edinburgh University

16:15   Closeout Networking

Interested in showcasing your project/company?

Some elevator pitch slots and exhibition tables are available, but are limited and first-come first-served - please get in touch!




"We are excited about sponsoring Unlocking Innovation: RailDecarb21, an important industry event focussed on a greener rail sector. The timing is particularly significant in the lead up to COP26, and we look forward to engaging on the many related topics and opportunities to collaborate around the rail decarbonisation journey.”



Our purpose is simple: improving quality of life. Today, in an ever-changing world, that purpose has never been more important. Developing scalable solutions that are sustainable and digitally-enabled is the best way we can continue addressing our biggest societal challenges. Through our projects, in our communities and in our work for clients, we enhance human experiences and foster personal, societal, and business growth. 

Arcadis are delighted to be sponsoring the Decarbonising Traction: Industry Briefing sessions at 13:30.

Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres 
DER-IC is a UK-wide project to accelerate delivery of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) solutions for the global market. It forms a network of expertise with four regional centres across the UK. We connect industry with researchers to develop and scale up PEMD technologies and manufacturing processes. The centres were set up by UK Research and Innovation in 2020 as part of the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge.  The centres have access to over £300m of PEMD equipment for developing, testing and manufacturing products. In addition, the centres are investing £28M in new state-of-the-art open-access equipment to help grow the UK supply chain and fill gaps in the UK’s current capability. The centres will make the UK globally recognised as the centre of excellence in the PEMD manufacturing process. To find out more, visit the website www.der-ic.org.uk 

GBR-Rail Ltd introduces Cleartrak
GBR-Rail, specialists and innovators in rail depot equipment, introduce Cleartrak, the future state of the art for train toilet maintenance. Cleartrak is a fully digital, sustainable train toilet waste treatment system that reduces operational costs, CO2 emissions, energy and water consumption.  Awarded DfT funding in 2020 in Innovate UK’s SBRI First of a Kind competition it is currently undergoing 6 months trialling with Chiltern Railways.  Cleartrak has the same footprint as a Controlled Emission Tank (CET) and can be retrofitted to existing rolling stock or installed on new.  Cleartrak only requires emptying once every 3 months, recycling liquid waste for flushing and handwashing and reducing water consumption by 85%. Solid waste is processed into an inert dry biochar, which can be emptied in a number of locations without the use of specialist emptying systems. Cleartrak removes the critical, resource hungry and logistically complicated task of frequent CET emptying out of the depot schedule, replacing it with the sustainable solution fit for the future.  Pop along and see us or visit www.gbr-rail.com.

Dynex Semiconductor
A manufacturer of Power Semiconductors, Assemblies and associated equipment and have supplied to the rail industry for 40 years as Dynex, MEDL, GEC Plessey and British Thomson. Alongside supporting our mature devices and traction assemblies, Dynex designs and manufactures power converter assemblies for a number of re-tractioning projects and want to contribute our experience and expertise into decarbonisation projects repurposing existing rolling stock. Dynex has developed a range of high voltage, high current semiconductors and associated systems with tailored characteristics to provide efficient converter systems for power conversion and battery charging. https://www.dynexsemi.com/

tpgroup is a global leader in Consulting, Atmosphere Management Systems and Software & Digital solutions across the full lifecycle of programmes in highly regulated sectors that include defence, aviation, rail and space.  specialist hydrogen fuel system integrator, tpgroup has over 50-years expertise in creating and operating high performance systems such as electrolysers producing fuel cell grade hydrogen. tpgroup is the prime contractor for the integrated hydrogen fuel system for HydroFLEX, the UK’S first hydrogen train. tpgroup’s digital technologies complement the specialist gas systems by optimising the availability and performance of assets using our AI and Machine Learning capabilities to provide decision support - helping to keep systems operational and maximise uptime.

Network Rail - Product Acceptance
Network Rail's product acceptance function will be joining this event to provide friendly advice and information to any companies looking to get their products approved for use upon the GB Railway.

UKRRIN - United Kingdom Rail Research and Innovation Network 

Ricardo are experts in critical and complex railway systems, with over 3000 engineers and scientists across the group delivering leading edge R&D, innovation and technology solutions to support the rail industry navigate a rapidly changing landscape. Our combination of Environmental & Energy consulting, global rail expertise and long history of developing and delivering propulsion system technologies for the world’s major OEMs provides a unique set of skills for the journey to decarbonise the rail industry. Since 1915 Ricardo have set out on a mission to maximise efficiency and minimise waste. Come and drop by or visit:


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13/10/2021 09:30 - 16:30
The Technology and Innovation Centre University of Strathclyde 99 George Street Glasgow G1 1RD UK

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